Friday, May 20, 2022

Meg Mason: shedworker

Australian novelist Meg Mason, author most recently of the acclaimed Sorrow and Bliss which is shortlisted for this year's Women's Prize for Fiction, is also a shedworker, as she revealed in a recent Guardian interview ("I have had a copy of Fox 8 by George Saunders within reaching distance in my writing shed since I first read it, in 2013"). There's also an excellently detailed interview with her in Toast in which she discusses her daily shed-based writing routine, roughly 8.30am- 5pm-ish. Here's a snippet:

It’s a real shed. We built it when we bought the house and it's a little weatherboard thing, painted a smoky grey colour. I tell people it’s small, and they’re like, ‘oh right okay.’ And then they come and see it and they’re like, ‘Oh my gosh.’ I say to my husband that you would not want to go in there with anyone you were not in love with. It’s maybe six feet by four so perfect for one lady.

But I’m really grateful to have somewhere to go that’s separate from the house.

Well worth a read.


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